Ryom wrote:He wasn't old enough when he lost his hearing to remember it. Therefore he wasn't making a fully informed decision. He was letting emotions and snap judgments get in the way of common sense. I'd say his mother did him a favor. He can have his implant removed when he turns 18 and go back to being deaf and he'll be making an informed decision.
His mother made the right choice. House made an unethical choice, but did the kid a favor regardless.
No. They had clearly had this discussion before, since going by the conversation between him and his mother, it was obviously something they'd spoken about and he'd decided long before ever getting sick.
I'm going to hazard a guess that you aren't Deaf, and therefore have no idea the pressure Deaf people are put under by hearing people with no idea what our experiences are like and yet think that they somehow can make "informed decisions" on our behalf. It is obvious he wasn't making a "snap judgement" since it was something that had come up in his life before. Probably many times, since in general Deaf people are highly pressured to do everything we can to become More Like Hearing People.
His mother made a choice to deny him control over his own body, going against an agreement she'd already made with him. That is the same ablist crap we have to put up with all the time. Hearing people who think they somehow have rights to tell us what to do with our bodies, despite the fact that, never being in our position, they can't make informed decisions about anything.
(Not to mention the other fact that cochlear implants just don't work that way
, but were made to look like they work that way to make it look even more like the Stupid Deaf Person Just Doesn't Know What's Good For Him.)